Friday, March 15, 2013

Patent Resources -- The List of IP Acronyms

Acronyms -- The alphabet soup of intellectual property — acronyms, abbreviations, and more. Words formed from the initial letters of other words — like FRAND - Fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory - how royalties are determined for standard essential patents.

Way Better Patents maintains a list of the meanings of the acronyms as they relate to intellectual property.  Here PCT means Patent Cooperation Treaty, not to be confused with percentage; Primary Care Trust (the UK National Health Service) or porphyria cutanea tarda, a form of photosensitive skin disease.  AU means Art Unit in patent speak though depending on the patent domain it can also be a dense, soft, shiny, malleable and ductile metal and the atomic number 79 - GOLD.

Use the list to throw around the acronyms like the rest of the patent cognoscenti or to figure out what they are taking about.

Way Better Patents has a variety of patent information tools designed to make information about patents more accessible and easier to understand.   From time to time we post updates on these tools here.